Fundraising for special opportunities...

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Fundraising for special opportunities...
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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 2:26am

Last month, DD 15 was dragged to an audition workshop by a friend who didn't want to go alone. We just found out she's one of like 40 in a nationwide search that was accepted into a New York summer training program. The program is solid. We know on girl who attended last year and found it life changing. Certainly, it would be a ton of fun. However, it comes with a hefty price tag.

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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 5:18pm

First, congrats to your dd as that is a great accomplishment!

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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 6:58pm

The program may be wonderful, but if funds are an issue, is it possible to find out what advantage kids have coming out of this program?

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Registered: 04-27-2000
Wed, 03-21-2012 - 9:27am

Sorry I do not know of corporate sponsorship opportunities.

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Wed, 03-21-2012 - 11:41pm

Ds15 has been fundraising for a choir trip to Cuba. He and the other local girl who is also eligible to go are also string players, and they and my 13-year-old dd form a trio. So for them it was a no-brainer: they put together a trio concert together, invited people to come and enjoy the music and Cuban-inspired food and drinks. They put together a poster board display about the trip and its educational merit, spoke a little about that, and also presented background info and context about the music they were playing. They did all the promotional work, making posters, writing press releases, booking the venue, doing the cooking. And people came in droves and were very supportive.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Thu, 03-22-2012 - 10:31am

I should update... DD has decided NOT to attend. When she got past the flattery of being asked, she really started to evaluate herself whether the program was "fun" or a real "benefit." She decided it was "fun" and wouldn't be giving her skills she didn't already have nor skills she's actually wanting to further develop. She has local offers already on the table more inline with her long-term goals and they are either offering her a free experience (that she'd work her tail off for) or have merit scholarship available to her.

She felt uncomfortable with the sponsorship idea because she didn't feel she had anything to offer a company back... no advertisement and certainly no community service since this wasn't that sort of trip.

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Registered: 04-16-2001
Thu, 03-22-2012 - 3:42pm
Sounds like a great decision. Better not to spend an extraordinary amount of money for a program that will not provide much benefit. Sounds like she has a lot of interesting options for the summer already!